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July 1st, 1961.

July 1st, 1961, was a Saturday. It was day 182 of 1961. The decade was the 1960s.

60 years, 3 months and 21 days have passed since July 1st, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

Born on July 1st, 1961.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on July 1st, 1961.

  • United States: Quarter Three - Gary U.S. Bonds
  • United Kingdom: Runaway - Del Shannon
Play the top hits from 1961.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1961. Take a trip back to the days of Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Shirelles, Chubby Checker, Ray Charles and Helen Shapiro.
The Pleasure of His Company

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Pleasure of His Company" was at the top of the box office on July 1st, 1961.

Take me back to July 1st, 1961!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is July 1st, 1961 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

In America, the July 4th celebrations are fast approaching. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Quarter Three by Gary U.S. Bonds is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Runaway by Del Shannon is the number one hit song. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Pleasure of His Company is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, Harold Macmillan is the current Prime Minister.

Tailfins on cars are extremely popular at the moment. The design looks futuristic, almost like a rocket or the twin rudders on the back of an airplane. In fashion, many of the trends from the late 1950s are still popular. Women are wearing tailored skirts, short boxy jackets and shift dresses. Trousers are also becoming popular amongst women. Meanwhile, men are wearing polo shirts, argyle socks, sweater vests, loafers and harrington jackets. Because it's 1961, radio stations are playing hit songs from artists such as Bert Kaempfert, Chubby Checker, Elvis Presley, Del Shannon, Bobby Lewis and Jimmy Dean.

The films "The Guns of Navarone" and "The Parent Trap" are currently being shown in movie theaters. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Ernest Hemingway and Marilyn Monroe would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Jack Benny Program", "Perry Mason" and "Bonanza".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Gumby Show", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", "King Leonardo and His Short Subjects" and "The Yogi Bear Show". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Troll doll, Astrobase, Etch A Sketch and Ken (doll).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on July 1st, 1961.

  • The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    During this time, the United States was slowly escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War. In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy ordered helicopters and 400 Green Berets into South Vietnam. Covert operations against the communist forces in the north were also authorized. By 1963, the number of US military personnel in the country had grown to 10,000.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1961?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1961?

    In 1961, the best NBA players were Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Pettit, Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson.

  • Who were the best football players in 1961?

    Who were the best football players in 1961?

    In 1961, the best soccer players were Pelé, Omar Sívori, Luis Suárez, Johnny Haynes, Lev Yashin, Ferenc Puskás, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Uwe Seeler and John Charles.

  • West Side Story.

    West Side Story.

    The film "West Side Story" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1961.

  • Henry Mancini - "Moon River"

    Henry Mancini - "Moon River"

    The song "Moon River" by Henry Mancini won a Grammy for 1961's Song of the Year.

  • 1961 in music.

    1961 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1961 were dominated by the likes of Elvis Presley, Bobby Lewis, Jimmy Dean, Ricky Nelson, The Marcels, Del Shannon, Bobby Vee, Ray Charles and Bert Kaempfert.

  • 1961 in movies.

    1961 in movies.

    Movies released in 1961 included West Side Story, The Guns of Navarone, El Cid, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Parent Trap, La Dolce Vita, Lover Come Back, King of Kings, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Splendor in the Grass, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Hustler.

  • John F. Kennedy.

    John F. Kennedy.

    US President John F. Kennedy was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1961.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the first half of the 1960s, rotary phones were still the most common type of landline phone. Although push-button telephones did exist at this time, they were relatively uncommon.

  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars was a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 60 years, 3 months and 21 days have passed since July 1st, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 26 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on July 1st, 1961, will be 60 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1961 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around July 1st, 1961.

  • June 8th, 1961: Marvin Gaye releases his debut studio album.
  • June 16th, 1961: Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev requests asylum in France.
  • June 18th, 1961: The final episode of the Western drama series "Gunsmoke" is aired on radio.
  • June 21st, 1961: Walt Disney's romantic comedy film "The Parent Trap" is released in movie theaters.
  • June 22nd, 1961: The war film "The Guns of Navarone" is released in movie theaters.
  • This date: July 1st, 1961
  • July 2nd, 1961: American novelist Ernest Hemingway commits suicide at the age of 61.
  • July 8th, 1961: 108 people are killed by a mine explosion in Czechoslovakia.
  • July 12th, 1961: 72 people lose their lives after ČSA Flight 511 crashes near Casablanca-Anfa Airport in Morocco.
  • July 19th, 1961: Bizerte crisis: Tunisia attempts to force an evacuation of the French naval base at Bizerte by imposing a blockade on it.
  • July 23rd, 1961: French forces retake the port town of Bizerte following a blockade by Tunisian forces.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 1st, 1961, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Gemini.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 1st, 1961 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from July, 1961.

  • Route 66 - Adventure crime drama.
  • The Andy Griffith Show - Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.
  • Danger Man - British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.
  • The Untouchables - American crime drama.
  • The Twilight Zone - TV series about disturbing or unusual events.
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - American sitcom about a teenager who strives for beautiful women, fancy cars and money.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Rawhide - American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.
  • 77 Sunset Strip - Private detective drama series.
  • Maverick - American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
  • Wagon Train - American western series.
  • Have Gun - Will Travel - American western series.
  • Tonight Starring Jack Paar - Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • The Danny Thomas Show - American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.
  • The Jack Benny Program - 25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

Cars in 1961.

1961 saw the introduction of cars such as the BMW New Class, the Dodge Lancer, the Toyota Publica, the Ford Thunderbird (third generation), the MG Midget and the Volvo P1800.

Cars in 1961.

Kid's TV shows on July 1st, 1961.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1961.

  • Davey and Goliath
  • The Yogi Bear Show
  • Mister Ed
  • The Dick Tracy Show
  • King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • The Flintstones
  • My Three Sons
  • Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
  • Dennis the Menace
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
  • The Rifleman
  • The Huckleberry Hound Show
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • The Gumby Show
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1961.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1961.

  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Astrobase
  • Troll doll
  • Crater Critters

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1961.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out July 1st, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on July 1st.

Missy Elliott

Rapper.
Born on July 1st, 1971
She was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Patrick Kluivert

Dutch soccer player.
Born on July 1st, 1976
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on July 1st, 1961.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 1st, 1961.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about July 1st, 1961.

  • A total of 22,028 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,146 weeks have passed.
  • 1,903,219,200 seconds have passed since the July 1st, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,220,422,400 times.
  • Since July 1st, 1961, the earth has travelled approximately 982,061,107,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 317,203,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 163,676,851 steps. That's about 72,745 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,838,630 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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